Sir John Marlay’s City of Newcastle Trained Band Regiment of Foot

Active1642 to 1644
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelSir John Marlay
Area RaisedNewcastle
Coat ColourUnknown
Flag ColourUnknown
Flag DesignUnknown
Field ArmiesGarrison

Trained Band of Foot supporting the Royalists and forming part of the garrison of Newcastle

Service History


  • Newcastle Trained band proposed to be 400 men, 200 each of pike and musket
  • December: Sir Jacob Astley reviews the Trained Band, which by now numbers 5001)


  • Garrison of Newcastle


  • Garrison of Newcastle


  • February to October: Besieged at Newcastle



Notable Officers

Sir John Marlay

Sir John Marlay

Sir John Marlays Regiment of Foot

Colonel Sir John Marlay

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Forbes I.O. Newc.

Sargeant Major James Ogle (3)

Captain Joseph Davison Ment. I.O. Captain George Errington (1) + Ment. I.O. Captain Eleazer Hodgson Ment. I.O. Captain Thomas Jackson Ment. I.O. Dragoon Co. Captain John Lake Ment. I.O. Captain John Marlay Ment. I.O. Captain Ninian Shaftoe Ment. I.O. Captain Thomas Swinburne Ment. I.O. Captain Robert White Ment. I.O. Captain Thomas Wright Ment. I.O.

Lieutenant Henry Archibald I.O. Northumb. to Capt. Shaftoe Lieutenant Bartram Anderson Snr.(2) + I.O. Newc. to Capt. White Lieutenant Ralph Heron I.O. Newc. to Capt. Marlay Lieutenant Thomas Randal I.O. Newc. to Capt. Jackson Dragoon Co. Lieutenant Francis Read I.O. L + W. to Capt. Hodgson Lieutenant William Robinson (1) + I.O. Newc. to Capt. Errington Lieutenant Edward Surtys I.O. Durham to Capt. Wright Lieutenant Thomas Wright I.O. Newc. to Capt. Lake

Ensign Robert Archibald I.O. Newc. to Capt. Shaftoe Ensign George Rickaby I.O. Newc. to Capt. Swinburne Ensign Robert Rutter I.O. Newc. to Capt. Davison Ensign Thomas Swan (1) to Capt. Errington

(1) History of Newcastle by Bourn

Lieutenant William Robinson is called William Robson

(2) SP23.179.391 Extract. The humble petition of Bartram Anderson of Newcastle upon Tyne without Sheweth that being unhappily drawne on to be a Lieutenant in one of the trayned bands of Newcastle under the Command of Sir John Marlay,and was therefore found a delinquent his lands sequestered,all his personall estate was by the souldiers plundered and taken from him,he being endebted unto divers Citizens of London,and much engaged for his father deceased.

(3) SP23.197.183 Extract. Wee whose names are underwritten doe certify that James Ogle of Causey Parke in the County of Northumberland esq, hath lived in the Parliaments Quarters ever since the storminge of Newcastle,and that before he was dangerously wounded in the thigh soe that he was lamed thereby,and most men did conceave itt impossible for him to recover,and continueth still lame,and that his carriage ever since hath been very peaceable and quiet…

15th day of July 1647 Robert Fenwick Ralph Salkeld Geo Payler

SP23.197.185 Extract. To the honourable Committee at Goldsmiths Hall for Compounding with Delinquents The humble petition of James Ogle Esqr, Sheweth that your petitioner was of late a Maior of Foote under the command of the Earle of Newcastle,in which service he continued until the taking of Newcastle… R'd last day 1646.

SP19.152.121 A charge of Delinquency exhibited before ye Commissioners for Advance against Rowland Steele of Newcastle upon Tyne ye 24. July 1651 by Elainor Lumsden.

That the said Rowland Steele was in Armes against ye Parliament in ye yeare of our Lord God 1644 or thereabouts.

That the said Rowland Steele was in Armes under the command of Sir John Marlay Governor of the for said Towne of Newcastle when it was a Garrison for ye Kinge and wore a sworde.

That he ye said Steele encouraged his servant and caused them to bear Armes in ye same Garrison of Newcastle for ye Kinge.

Allow. 25. July 1651 Upon Bond. Tho: fowle


  • 1638: 400 Proposed
  • December 1638: 500 men

See Also

1) The Bishops’ Wars, Charles I’s campaigns against Scotland 1638-1640. Mark Charles Fissel, Cambridge University Press 1994. ISBN 0 521 34520 0